Special Assignments Unit
The Special Assignments Unit (SAU) was formed in 1998 and is a fully functional tactical emergency response team. The team is comprised of three components, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations Team, and the Technical Support Team.
Officers serving on the SAU are highly trained and proficient in the necessary skills required for the handling of critical situations to include high-risk warrant service, barricades, hostage rescue tactics and dangerous felon apprehensions. All members assigned to the SAU are devoted to the prevention of loss of life, the protection of the citizens they serve and the officers they support through the use of sound planning, deployment, training and operational professionalism.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a fully functional tactical emergency response unit. The team is comprised of 24 members and include a Police Counter Marksmen Team, High energy breaching team, tactical medics and police K-9’s.
Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT)
The Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) provides specially trained negotiators in crisis situations such as suicidal subjects, barricade suspects, and hostage situations in order to bring the crisis situation to a peaceful conclusion without the loss of life or bodily harm to all parties involved. The team is compromised of a Police Lieutenant, two Sergeants and eight Officers.
Technical Support Team (TST)
The Technical Support Team (TST) provides specially trained officers in the deployment all assigned tactical vehicles. TST operates all electronic and video equipment as well as robots during tactical operations. The team is required to maintain all specialty equipment for SAU in a ready deployment status